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St. Albans, WV woman beats addiction through recovery program for women

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Melissa Felty now works for the organization that helped her get clean. Melissa Felty now works for the organization that helped her get clean.

A 36-year-old mother from St. Albans, WV said for a decade of her life she tried to keep a secret from those around her.  Melissa Felty was addicted to prescription pain medicine.

Financial limitations made it tough to successfully break through her addiction.

Two years ago she found a faith based drug rehabilitation program at the Union Mission in Charleston called Cornerstone.  It offered help designed just for women who sometimes have different barriers to recovery.

Now Felty is a dorm supervisor and case manager for the recovery program, but when she first walked through the doors two years ago, she said she remembers being at her lowest point.  

"My addiction was pain killers and morphine, which is a very huge problem here in West Virginia," said Felty. "I went out and got my pills for the morning, came home and took care of the kids. I help with homework, made dinner and then woke up and did it all over again."

Throughout her addiction she worked and raised her kids in St. Albans. She hid her struggle the best she could.

"I would tell my kid's fathers I needed money for a school coat or shoes," Felty said. "I would never even go out and do that I would go and buy the drugs."

She said the secret she lived with was a daily burden, one she doesn't have to carry anymore.

Now she walks the halls of the Union Mission facility a changed woman, able to share her experience.

"Sometimes I was worried because I didn't really know what would happen next or what would happen when I was finished with here," Felty said, while standing in one of the rooms where she once sat as an addict.

Women in recovery spend their days taking classes, praying and working on healing. There is a child care facility on site, so that single mom's can take time to focus on getting better.

The recovery program and child care are offered at no cost.

"I hope it gives women hope," Felty said. "I am walking proof of how it changed my life. I'm 36-years-old and this is the best time of my life.  It wasn't my 20's it was my 30's because I am sober now."

To find out more about the Cornerstone women's program call the Union Mission at 304-925-0366 or click on the link provided.  There is a waiting list.

There is also a program for men called Foundations. Both program are free to those who need help with recovery.